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‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs

‘Harpoon’ device eliminates open heart surgery for mitral valve repairs

A new device may revolutionize the world of mitral valve repair, making it possible for surgeons to fix this particular heart problem without having to perform open heart surgery. According to researchers investigating the device, which is called ‘harpoon,’ it has shown 100-percent performance and safety for this medical purpose. Unlike open heart surgery, using the image-guided contraption is safer for the patient, less physically taxing, and requires much less recovery time. In fact, the researchers estimate someone could leave the hospital the day after a mitral valve repair is performed with Harpoon.

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Twitch wants performers for a live talent show

Twitch wants performers for a live talent show

Twitch has slowly expanded its horizons, drawing in users for other-than-gaming streaming videos. There’s that bizarre social eating section, for example, as well the larger Twitch Creative community for all sorts of creative and artsy videos. Now, in celebration of that community and the new ways to stream via it, Twitch is calling for users who want to showcase whatever their creative talent is live at the TwitchCon Talent Show — it has specifically called for those with acts in dance, comedy, theater, music, poetry, art, and magic.

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Researchers use nanoparticles to make a round object appear flat

Researchers use nanoparticles to make a round object appear flat

We’re still waiting for someone to create a proper Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak, but in the meantime researchers have used nanoparticles to ‘cloak’ the shape of an object. The work was done by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science; with their newly created system, a curved object like a ball appears to be flat when detected by electromagnetic waves.

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World’s smallest hard disk can fit all of humanity’s books on a stamp

World’s smallest hard disk can fit all of humanity’s books on a stamp

Researchers with the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University have created a new “smallest” hard disk, this time using a system where a bit of data is created by positioning one chlorine atom. It now holds the distinction of being the smallest hard disk in the world, though if history proves true, we’ll be seeing someone else break this record soon enough. According to one of the researchers, using this method the entire world’s library of books could be written to one postage stamp.

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CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

While most TV networks have yet to launch an Apple TV app offering full access to live content without an additional cable subscription, CBS is at least making its news freely available. The network has just rolled out a new CBS News app for the latest Apple TV model, available now on the App Store. With the app, users can live stream news content from the network, as well as watch playlists on specific topics and on-demand video.

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Ancient amber reveals bug that abandoned its skin

Ancient amber reveals bug that abandoned its skin

We’ve seen many studies over the year detailing discoveries made in ancient amber, but this latest one is different. Dating back about 50 million years and hailing from the Baltic region, a piece of amber has been found encasing an insect’s exoskeleton…but not the bug itself, which abandoned its skin to escape what was once sticky tree sap. The insect is described as being similar to a “walking stick” bug, and it was positioned alongside the first mushroom ever found preserved in Baltic amber.

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Turtle shells evolved for digging, not protection

Turtle shells evolved for digging, not protection

Turtles shells, given their protective nature, are assumed to have evolved for the purpose of protection. That may not be the case, however, at least according to a newly published study. Though shells do provide protection for modern turtles, researchers believe the earliest instances of these shells were used for burrowing, not withstanding the jaws of a predator. Burrowing underground would have enabled the turtles to avoid harmful exposure in the South Africa environment where they lived.

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NYC OKs plan to turn abandoned terminal into underground park

NYC OKs plan to turn abandoned terminal into underground park

New York City has approved a plan that will turn an abandoned trolley terminal into an underground park. The project was announced months ago, and renders of it have been provided by The Lowline showing walking spaces, green plants, and solar technology used to provide light. The park will be developed at the Lower East Side's Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, and will eventually be the first underground park in the world.

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23 more ancient shipwrecks found in waters near Greece

23 more ancient shipwrecks found in waters near Greece

Researchers have found 23 more ancient shipwrecks in the waters near Greece, it has been announced. The discovery follows a previous 22 shipwrecks found in the region by The Fourni Underwater Survey, which is responsible for these 23 additional discoveries. This brings the number of ancient shipwreck found near the Fourni archipelago to 45; it is thought this region could be one of the largest shipwreck graveyards in the world.

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Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Argentina fossil discovery reveals new dinosaur with tiny arms

Researchers stumbled across a Theropod fossil in Argentina, and found that the dinosaur from whence it came had ‘tiny’ arms not unlike the T-Rex. While the dinosaur itself was 20ft or a bit larger, its arms were a comical 2ft in length and its hand had only two fingers. Why? The researchers aren’t sure, but the discovery will no doubt lead to answers as paleontologists work on studying the bones.

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Albert Einstein’s ‘pungent’ leather jacket auctioned for $144k

Albert Einstein’s ‘pungent’ leather jacket auctioned for $144k

Albert Einstein's leather jacket has been sold at auction for a little more than $144k. News about the planned auction, which happened through Christie’s, first surfaced early this month. Three days ago, the auction house detailed the jacket for prospective bidders and curious screen shoppers, saying, among other things, that it is 'pungent.'

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Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber makes ‘difficult decision’ to pull out of Hungary

Uber has decided to pull its Uber X service from Budapest, Hungary due to legislative rulings that have been made in the nation. The service will be suspended on July 24, and marks the latest troubled market in which Uber has been forced to leave. Uber has frequently been the source of protests among taxi drivers in nations across the world, and has in some places faced regulations it has denounced for one reason or another. Protesters in Hungary have been actively protesting against Uber.

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